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With Birmingham City in 2012 pre-season
|Full name||Darren Paul Francis Ambrose|
|Date of birth||29 February 1984|
|Place of birth||Harlow, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2008–2009||→ Ipswich Town (loan)||9||(0)|
|2014||→ Apollon Smyrni (loan)||11||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:32, 11 February 2015 (UTC).
Darren Paul Francis Ambrose (born 29 February 1984) is an English professional footballer who last played for Ipswich Town. Ambrose, an attacking midfielder, started his career at Ipswich Town, and played for Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace prior to his move to Birmingham City. He spent time on loan at Greek Superleague club Apollon Smyrni before leaving Birmingham when his contract expired at the end of the 2013–14 season.
He also made ten appearances for the England under-21 side, scoring twice.
Born in Harlow, Essex, Ambrose started his career at Ipswich Town and made his debut as an 18-year-old against Arsenal on 21 April 2002, replacing Martijn Reuser during a 2–0 defeat at Highbury. Ipswich lost their Premiership status the following month, though Ambrose started brightly in the next campaign, scoring on his full debut in a 2–0 victory against Walsall at the Bescot stadium, and went on to score ten more goals in 37 appearances, combining superbly throughout the season with his close friend, striker Darren Bent. In March, however, with Ipswich having fallen into administration, Ambrose was sold to Newcastle United for what was considered a bargain £1m. The sale was ordered by the administrators, and completed at Newcastle by former Ipswich manager Bobby Robson.
After failing to gain promotion back to the Premier League in 2007–08, Ambrose was sent to former club Ipswich Town on loan in the first half of the 2008–09 season due to financial reasons, (ironically under similar circumstances to that of when Ambrose first moved from Ipswich in 2003) with rumours that Ipswich were reportedly interested in making the deal permanent in January 2009 for an estimated fee of £250,000, although no deal eventually materialised.
With his contract at Charlton ending at the end of that season, Ambrose was free to leave the club, and decided to remain in South London, joining local rivals Crystal Palace. He set a career-best record of 12 goals in 20 games by November, a run that saw him named as the division's Player of the Month for the November. Ambrose ended the season with a goal against Sheffield Wednesday that saved the club from relegation and subsequently from extinction as well. He finished the season with 20 goals in all competitions. With Crystal Palace in administration, it was looking certain that Ambrose was going to leave at the end of the season, and was set to join Queens Park Rangers, but he signed a new three-year contract with Crystal Palace on 26 July 2010.
In the 2011–12 season, Ambrose was again more of a squad player, featuring more from the bench than his first season at Palace. On 30 November 2011, in his 99th game in all competitions for Crystal Palace, Ambrose scored a 35 yard long range shot at Old Trafford and then got an assist for Glenn Murray's goal in the 2–1 win over Manchester United in the League Cup quarter final.
On 13 July 2012, Ambrose signed a two-year contract with Birmingham City for an undisclosed fee, reported by BBC Sport to be in the region of £250,000. He scored on his competitive debut on 14 August, in the 5–1 defeat of Barnet in the League Cup, and kept his place for the opening match of the 2012–13 Football League season, in a 1–1 draw at home to former club Charlton Athletic. He labelled his contribution to a poor team display in a 5–0 home defeat to Barnsley in September as "the worst performance of my career". Following that game, Ambrose picked up a knee injury which kept him out for most of the season, in which he made just six league appearances.
Apollon Smyrni (loan)
After making only two appearances for Birmingham early in the 2013–14 season, Ambrose joined Greek Superleague club Apollon Smyrni on 14 January 2014, on loan until the end of the season. He made his debut two days later, in the starting eleven as his club progressed to the quarter-finals of the Greek Cup on aggregate after a 1–0 second-leg defeat to Niki Volou. In his second league match, Ambrose scored a late equaliser to earn a draw away to Levadiakos. He finished the Superleague season with six goals from eleven games, but his contribution was not enough to save the team from relegation.
On his return from loan, Birmingham confirmed he would be released when his contract expired at the end of the season.
Ipswich Town (3rd spell)
Ambrose re-signed for Ipswich Town on 11 September 2014. Ambrose had twice featured for Ipswich's U21 side before putting pen to paper on a new contract. Ambrose, who will wear the number 29 shirt, joins John Wark, Tommy Miller, Richard Wright and Daryl Murphy as one of a select few players to have had three or more spells with the Blues. Ambrose moved back to West Suffolk earlier in the summer, played for Colchester United against the Blues in pre-season before joining up with the Town squad to train three weeks before signing.
Ambrose is a former England U21 national after becoming a regular in England's youth teams, but has never played at senior international level. He is also eligible to play international football for the Republic of Ireland through a grandparent, although he is yet to receive a call-up.
- As of end of 2013–14 season
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Ipswich Town||2001–02||Premier League||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Ipswich Town total||30||8||2||1||2||1||4||1||38||11|
|Newcastle United||2002–03||Premier League||1||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|Newcastle United total||37||5||2||0||2||0||15||1||56||6|
|Charlton Athletic||2005–06||Premier League||28||3||3||0||2||1||—||33||4|
|Charlton Athletic total||112||13||8||2||8||2||—||128||17|
|Ipswich Town (loan)||2008–09||Championship||9||0||—||—||—||9||0|
|Crystal Palace total||110||29||5[b]||3||9||5||—||124||37|
|Birmingham City total||7||0||0||0||3||1||—||10||1|
|Apollon Smyrni (loan)||2013–14||Superleague Greece||11||6||2||0||—||—||13||6|
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